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On the Road to Milford: History, elegance and charm

The Forest Hall Building was the original home of the Yale School of Forestry.


Milford, PA is a magical place. Sitting on a ridge above the banks of the Delaware River, very near a spot where New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey intersect, it is blessed with scenery, history, tasteful shopping and dining. It is the perfect place to explore on a crisp fall day.

The approach

Come from the northeast on Route 84 and you will find yourself descending a mountain with spectacular views of the river valley below. When the Route 209 storm repair project is complete, you should be able to approach Milford from the south on Route 209 as well, traveling alongside the broad lush Delaware River plain on your right and the scenic forested Pocono hillsides on your left. A few beautiful very old farm homesteads are on that road. Along the way you can stop and view the sparkling Raymondskill Falls just two and a half miles south of Milford. It is the tallest waterfall in Pennslyvania. If Route 209 is still closed when you visit, the falls can be reached by taking Milford Road (SR2001) to Raymondskill Road, or by taking the Raymondskill Falls sign turnoff from Route 6 just northwest of the borough. Near the borough of Milford itself, you will find Milford Beach Park on the Delaware. One of the Cliff Park Inn hiking trails in Milford will take you to the hilltop at Milford Knob. “The Knob” has a view of all the area below. Interestingly, the Knob trail was the site of many old movies including the Tom Mix cowboy series. Another area of interest is Grey Towers National Historic Site (570/296-9630, www.greytowers.org), which features the Gifford Pinchot Mansion and extensive grounds, continuing the Pinchot legacy of responsible forestry and environmentalism.

The borough
But the real wonder is the borough itself. While enjoying a leisurely stroll around Milford, you will find yourself in the past, present and future all at the same time. Architectural treasures from the 19th century, and “artsy” shops and galleries with a 21st-century mindset, along with fine dining in restored hotels, will bring you into Milford present—a bustling and charming town with a Victorian flavor.